Thursday, September 17, 2009


Young people today really have things cut out for them. Yet many still constantly complain about this and that. They also tend to take a lot of things for granted. If you are 50 or older you will think this piece below is hilarious -because that's exactly how we felt when our parents used to nag us when WE were young. Sounds familiar, right?

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning uphill... barefoot... BOTH ways!

Yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of fifty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.

You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today - you don't know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, We had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter, with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! No where was safe!

There were no MP3' s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself!

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and eject it when finished and the tape would come undone.....because that's how we rolled it!

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it! And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school,your mom, your boss, your Bookie, a collections agent, your parole officer, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation videogames with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had Monopoly, the board game. If you didn’t like that, too bad. It was either play that, or get off your lazy ass & go outside and play sports with the kids that lived nearby.

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get offyour ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel! There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little mutant brats.

And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove ... Imagine that!

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or before!


The Over-50 Crowd


Bunny said...

sounds more like envy to me. i'm over 60 and i enjoy all the new fangled things of the young generation.

it would be more positive to think how very fortunate each generation is to have what they have rather than bemoan the fact that "we" had a harder life and "they" have an easier life.

foodbin said...

I did the taping of songs off the radio, too.LOL-those were the days!

Unknown said...

I enjoy using the ipod shuffle for music when I jog or walk on the treadmill, I use my laptop to surf the wide world of internet, I have access to the TV programmes through
ASTRO. Info and knowledge is only a click away.This is progress through the generations. Think of the disadvantage the previous generation
suffers from when these new fangled devices were not yet invented.